TOP Gear producers have years of experience in – just about – keeping the show’s hosts alive.
But in the new series, it sounds like they’re treading a fine line.
Paddy McGuinness – who fronts the BBC1 series alongside Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris – says one stunt sees them wearing just a pair of shoes as they are pulled by a car at 100mph.
He revealed: “On the new series of Top Gear coming up, we hold on to the back of a car with titanium plates on our shoes and it drags us up a runway. It’s like water skiing on tarmac at 100 mph.”
The latest stunt comes a year after Paddy had his very own Richard Hammond moment, as he spun a £250,000 Lamborghini off a road in the Yorkshire Dales, writing it off.
In 2006, Richard spent two weeks in a coma after he lost control of a dragster while filming.
And while he wouldn’t want to end up in hospital, Paddy joked that he’d have preferred a more rock and roll crash – not one at about 40mph like he managed.
He said: “In a way I was gutted it wasn’t more spectacular.
“Hammond’s was a proper serious crash.”
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